When it comes to nasal reconstruction, most otolaryngologists are comfortable with simple repairs and recognize the importance of preserving function. Larger or more complex defects, however, usually require a fellowship-trained surgeon. “The bar today is to reconstruct the nose to a result where it is inconspicuous to casual observers and functions normally. This is today’s standard,” Dr. Park said.
“The specialty of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery has expanded the armamentarium of treatments for advanced skin cancers—from maximally to minimally invasive surgical and reconstructive techniques. This has made our specialty particularly suited to provide the best resection outcomes, as well as the best reconstructive and long-term functional outcomes,” Dr. Zanation concluded.
Nikki Kean is a freelance medical writer based in New Jersey.